Mass. High Tech: State officials kick off entrepreneurship initiative

  • 02 Mar 2010 10:20 AM
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    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and local tech industry groups unveiled several initiatives, including a pair of new websites and “open office hours” meetings at a dedication ceremony for the expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square this afternoon.

    The state’s startup-focused website  and the nonprofit group MassChallenge’s site are intended to serve as “startup portals,” featuring resources for entrepreneurs, including event calendars and lists of investor groups and service providers. State officials and representatives from venture capital firms will also hold open office hours at the CIC in the coming months, according to Patrick and Flybridge Capital Partners general partner and New England Venture Capital Association chairman Michael Greeley.

    The event attracted about 300 people to the stripped-bare office space on the fourth floor of the CIC, among them government officials, MIT students and entrepreneurs. Sean Becker, president of the energy storage startup Sparkplug Power Inc., made the trip from his offices on the 10th floor. Becker said he planned on entering Sparkplug in the MassChallenge business plan contest for the mentorship and in-kind services opportunities, originally announced last year. Submissions are due in April, with winners announced in October.

    “Plus, competition is always fun, and the promise of prize money is helpful,” he said.

    Susan Hockfield, president of CIC landlord MIT, introduced Patrick, who credited small business entrepreneurs with Massachusetts relatively positive performance in the recession. He encouraged entrepreneurs to continue their “yeasty exchange,” of collaboration, and invited them to offer ways to innovate in state government services. Patrick singled out two entrepreneurs who gave him their elevator pitch before he spoke.

    “I only wish my time with municipal and state government officials was as concise,” he said.

    Patrick presented a proclamation of February 23 as “Entrepreneurship Day,” to CIC CEO Tim Rowe, and drove a ceremonial nail into the floor of the expanded CIC space. After the speech, Patrick identified the entrepreneurs he spoke with as “Edison and Buck,” from Skynja LLC. Patrick said he enjoyed the passion of the pair, and entrepreneurs in general. 

    “If they wanted to levitate this building, the energy in the room makes you think it could happen,” he said.

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